In June I attended a fascinating afternoon of lectures at the Royal Society of Medicine. It was really encouraging to hear so much positivity surrounding Hypnosis in childbirth and pregnancy.
The practice of using Hypnosis for childbirth has been around for over a century but it became less popular due to chemical anaesthesia. However it has seen a big revival during the last 20 years. This is because there has been a realisation that Hypnosis can help with all aspects of the pregnancy, such as nausea and discomfort in addition to helping with the delivery and recovery after the birth.
What is so wonderful about Hypnosis during pregnancy is that it doesn’t inhibit normal emotional responses to the birth process and to bonding with the baby which chemical anaesthesia does. Hypnosis is a physiological and psychological relaxant and it can make the entire process much more empowering if couples are able to handle the process by their own mental resources.
It is so encouraging that HypnoBirthing is now offered as a service in the Maternity unit at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS trust, and with the Self Hypnosis in Pregnancy trial that is currently underway and seeing great results that hopefully HypnoBirthing will be more widely available for everyone.